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Loftus Road (ATT 15,638) 30th October 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Burnley Burnley

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Clarets brought back to earth

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 30/10/04 4:55pm

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Burnley were brought back down to earth with a bump after a midweek win against Aston Villa - as manager Steve Cotterill watched his side crumble to a 3-0 loss to QPR.

Rangers have been in startling form this season, but had lost their last two before showing their quality against Burnley - with a Kevin Gallen penalty and goals from Georges Santos and Paul Furlong sealing a convincing win.

To compound Cotterill's misery, goalkeeper Danny Coyne was stretchered off after landing awkwardly in the build-up to Rangers' third.

Graham Branch was adjudged to have tugged Santos' shirt in the 12th minute and Gallen made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Just four minutes later it was 2-0 when a clever set-piece left Santos unmarked to head home from Lee Cook's curling ball into the box.

Coyne's awful error all-but ended Burnley's chances of a comeback. The Wales international missed his kick as a hopeful ball was chased down by the returning Furlong, and he ran on to slot into the empty net.

Coyne was left writhing in agony after the incident and had to be stretchered off, with Brian Jensen coming on to replace him.

Burnley did have chances to cut the deficit, but Robbie Blake's effort was cleared by Frankie Simek and Lee Roche headed over when well place.

Gallen nearly made it 4-0 but contrived to hit the bar from eight yards out, and also had a shot straight at Jensen when well-placed.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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